Traveling to somewhere where you don't know ANYONE

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Postby AMEXPlatino86 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:43 pm

I'm ready to travel (which is why I upgraded my card) I'm just very nervous about doing it especially since I'm doing it by myself.
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Postby MB131174 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:41 pm

Places I've gone to by myself: Israel, South Africa, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Curaçao, Ecuador, UK, Turkey and more. LOVE the solo travel experiences. I've met so many wonderful people on my travels. Both locals and members of day tours I sign up for. I now have friends in so many places around the globe that I keep in contact with. My horizons have definitely been expanded because of it. I no longer see things from an arrogant American point of view. The world is a wonderful place. Get out there and see it.
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Postby swipe_masta » Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:41 pm

agp wrote:What I am saying does not contradict what I first said. You seem to think that I am unwilling and afraid to travel. What I said is I do not understand the appeal of (which, does not make me unwilling, does not make me afraid) traveling somewhere where no local will guide me. If no local will guide me, I will only see, in the most basic and literal meaning of the word, something different. Maybe travel to me is more than just seeing the surface of a place, but really learning about the place through more than just what meets the eye. I think traveling is about seeing, experiencing, and learning.

Do not confuse yourself with what I neither said nor implied.

I'm not confusing myself with anything. The point I'm trying to make is that you don't see any point in visiting a place that you are not accustomed to yet you want to explore on a deeper level, but you don't want to because you don't know anything about the place and/or you don't know anyone who can guide you. How does that make sense? So from what you are saying, you better know a hellova lot of people all around the world if you want to travel anywhere anytime soon! Also, I know you didn't mean it the way it is written, but it is nobody's job to show you around. People who do that for a living are called tour guides... As I and a few others have noted previously, try A) researching and B) ask the local people (you keep glossing over this suggestion, which made me believe you were hesitant).

My definition of traveling is trying something new. Being adventurous, regardless of the info I have (or lack thereof ). The minimal Japanese I know how to speak, I learned by traveling across Japan on my own and learning from the locals I befriended. How do I know where the best surf spots are in Au? By talking to complete strangers that inhabit the place, also known as locals. Ya get what I'm saying? You don't need to know anyone personally to know what's good.

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Postby agp » Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:50 am

"Not seeing the point" and "not seeing the appeal" are utterly different things. I try things that may not appeal to me in the hopes that it will open my eyes (for example, traveling); but I will not do pointless things (for example, typing a longer response), period. You are still confusing yourself.

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